The Fitbit Flex is a slim and stylish device that will motivate you to get up and get active. Exercise, of course, is one of the most important aspects of both physical and mental health, but sometimes you need that little bit of extra motivation to make sure you actually exercise every day. The Fitbit Flex is the motivation you need.
The Fitbit Flex is a health and fitness device that will count your steps, keep track of the distance you have moved, count the calories you’ve burned, monitor your sleep and even wake you up with a silent alarm. Accessing your stats is easy thanks to Bluetooth 4.0 sync (this is a significant improvement over similar devices such as the UP, which does not use Bluetooth).
I’ve been using personal monitoring devices and pedometers for many years. My previous device was called the SportBrain, a belt clip that used a dial-up modem to upload the data. This was, obviously, very old. Since those times, personal monitoring and fitness devices have come on in leaps and bounds. We are now in the golden age of health and fitness devices. So, where does the Fitbit Flex fit in with the rest?
Hardware and Software
The Fitbit Flex requires a lot of fiddling with in order to get it comfortable the first time you wear it. From then onwards, however, it feels secure and you can simply leave it on and forget about it.
The Fitbit Flex uses USB adapters that plug into your computer in order to charge. On full charge the Fitbit Flex will last four days.
The Fitbit Flex uses Bluetooth 4.0 to sync with a smartphone and can also be connected to a computer with an adapter. If you’re not certain whether your phone will work with the Fitbit Flex you can check on the device’s website.
As soon as you launch the device it syncs and shows your latest data. The data is divided into different tabs making it easy to navigate between the different types of data. There’s also third party support for those who are specifically interested in one subject.
Between the Fitbit Flex’ comfort, style and quality of both hardware and software, I have to rate this highly. I would have liked slightly longer life after charging, and it would have been could the Fitbit Flex accurately monitor other forms of exercise (other than running and walking), but what the Fitbit Flex does do well is create motivation. I’ve had the Flex for three months now and can say that it’s made a huge difference to my exercise motivation.